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2022 Free Agent Luke Hostetler

 

 

 

Luke Hostetler

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 11/3/2021

Who are you playing with in 2022, and who have you played with in the past?
2022 Free Agent – Luke.Hostetler99@gmail.com

2021- LSR (conference B team).  2020- Brotherhood/Rebel Sports

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Third, second, MI, and corner outfield. Middle infielder and left field are my best positions

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Josh Riley

Why do you like the game of softball?
Softball is such a simple game, that takes a lot of practice to perfect. It is also lot of fun to play and can challenge you at the same time.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Young Buck: Im 22 so usually the youngest on the team.

What is your height and weight?
6'2" and 210lbs

Where do you call home?
Columbus, IN

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
I like to spend my off weekends with my fiancé going on whatever adventure she takes me on. If I can find extra time, always taking BP and practicing my game.

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I played baseball in high school and committed to a Junior College in Michigan.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I was invited to play with some younger guys in a tournament and had an absolute blast! I got into upper ball when a friend asked me to come play some conference events with his B team, and have loved upper ball/conference ever since.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The biggest difference to me was that the conference games are so much slower, yet each individual play is a lot faster. The balls are hit harder, you have to make plays faster without any errors, and if you do make an error a team will take advantage of your mistake.

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I try not to compare myself or my game to anyone because I want my game to be what I am most comfortable with. I focus on things that work for me and try to be successful while staying within my abilities.

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
One of the best highlights I have is winning the County Community tournament with my Bartholomew County brothers. It was such a fun tournament and we had to beat some good teams in order to win.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
I don't believe there has been one single person, but I try to take something from every situation I am in. Playing my first conference tournament was nerve racking, until the friend that invited me told me that I wouldn't be playing with them if I wasn't good enough.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
The best thing you can do is get to know as many people as you can. People talk, and the more exposure you get with different teams in different areas the better off you are. Also, don't think you are better than the game. Work hard and stay humble.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
I overlap both pinkies (one over the knob and one over my bottom hand) to increase whip and velocity at contact. I prefer to use a 26oz balanced or a 26.5 maxload.

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
First and foremost, I take a little break at the end of a season. Then once I am comfortable getting back into it, I lift throughout the week, train speed and agility workouts, and then take batting practice 1-2 times a week. I also try to focus on arm care before the next season starts.

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
I am a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs and love to play basketball when I am not on the softball field.

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I always like to tap bats before getting into the box so I can find the "Sweet Spot".

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Keeping track of the balls. As players we want to hit the best balls, and whatever the bat is, we want to make the game as fun and challenging as we can. This may come down to only using Pro M's, Classic M's, or in some situations Stadiums and making sure they do not get mixed in with each other or different batches do not get mixed in.

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
County Community because this tournament is always a lot of fun and is very competitive. Plus, you get to play with guys from your own county and represent together.

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Best complex would have to be the Space Coast complex in Viera, FL. Some of the best fields I have played on are in viera, Fl and Owensboro, KY at the county community tournament. We also have some good fields at Lincoln Park in Columbus, IN.

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Always love to get some BBQ while on the road. Sonny's in viera, Fl is a must!

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